TEN CONVERSATIONS THAT ARE UNDERMINING YOUR STRATEGY AND KILLING PERFORMANCE

People talkingDid you know that the business world, in general, is a vast network of interrelated conversations? It's true. And your company is a microcosm of that network. What this means, says Daniel F. Prosser, is that the conversations that take place between your team members are incredibly important. In fact, they're everything.

"Words are far more powerful than most people realize," says Prosser, author of THIRTEENERS: Why Only 13 Percent of Companies Successfully Execute Their Strategy—and How Yours Can Be One of Them. "Unbelievable outcomes happen when you say how it's going to be and then take the actions to have it be that way. Change your language and you change your perspective, which changes what's possible in your future."

But suppose you, the leader, are declaring bold possibilities full of fire and optimism, but your employees are engaging in other kinds of conversations? Bitter complaints. Criticisms. Cynical rants full of victim-y self-pity and anger. All of these conversations create a sense of unconscious disconnection in the workplace and create disempowerment among the workforce.

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